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January 26, 2007

More than a Number

Here’s a story we would have tried to cover if we had more hours in the day (or at least another staffer):

"State prison inmates, particularly blacks, are living longer on average than people on the outside, the government said Sunday.

For black inmates, the rate was 57 percent lower than among the overall black population – 206 versus 484. But white and Hispanic prisoners both had death rates slightly above their counterparts in the overall population."

Newspapers all over ran this AP article, and it’s easy to see why. It’s the kind of headline that makes readers go "Huh?" You might ask how this has happened. Lack of health care? Crime? Fewer chances of accidents? A statistical fluke? But thanks to the AP’s replacement of even the crudest forms of journalism with a vapid list of statistics, your questions will not get answered.



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The NewStandard ceased publishing on April 27, 2007.